January 3 2008
This story is getting a lot of play over the last 24 hours, as Microsoft uses a service pack (!) to turn off support for various non-current MS file formats in Office:
You might not have noticed it yet, but the recent service pack 3 release for Microsoft Office 2003 contains a hidden "feature" -- it disables support for older Microsoft Office formats. If you've got any old Word, Excel, 1-2-3, Quattro, or Corel Draw documents hanging around your hard drive you'll need to delve into the Windows Registry to open them.Oh please. And the fix -- a registry edit, which MS always warns against.
A note posted to the Microsoft Support Center says that "by default, these file formats are blocked because they are less secure," and goes on to warn that "they may pose a risk to you."
Link: Wired: Microsoft Office Drops Support For Older File Formats > (Thanks, Alan)